Because of its deep structure, industrial buildings are quite difficult spaces to illuminate, in some cases, the production of the company doesn’t favor natural lighting. When talking about artificial light, high ceilings move away lighting points from the floor; this usually means that the energy consumption is greater raising the costs of maintenance of the structure.
Lighting an industrial building is more expensive that lighting an office space just because it requires more power and more lighting points.
Bad lighting can lead to accidents at work; therefore adequate lighting is essential in some workspaces, besides avoiding accidents it recent studies prove that good lighting can influence the mood of the employees as well as their productivity.
Listed below are some tips on lighting an industrial building
- Take advantage of natural lighting: it is tough to install windows or transparent ceilings in an industrial building ceilings but to make use of natural light it is important to install as many windows as possible keep them clean, in good condition and make sure that it’s not obstructed. Depending on your building’s position on some occasions too much light can go through these windows, to solve this you can install blinds which will be opened and closed letting the light in at your convenience.
- Continuous maintenance: one of the main issues with bulbs that are in a bad condition is that they continuously blink, which causes visual fatigue that ultimately results in lower production. In addition to this constant maintenance prevents you from spending more energy than you need.
- Adapt lighting according to the task: uniform light is recommended because it avoids shadows and contrasts that decrease visibility. Some jobs require certain space and visual concentration such as the assembly of small parts, for this type of tasks it’s better to have a more powerful lighting that can be raised and lowered in intensity.
- Control switches: if you have more control when you’re modulating lighting you will have more energy efficiency. Once you illuminate the spaces properly, you will be able to avoid any extra expenses.
- Programmable controls: another problem that arises is the lights that remain on after the hours of operation, depending on the timetables this can be all night or all weekend which generates a significant expense, programming modulators can avoid this.
- Upgrade your bulbs: this frequently involves a significant investment, there are new systems such as LED lights, which illuminate more efficiently and are more economical in the long run.
- Adjusts light temperature and color: inadequate heat and light color causes discomfort in your employees which decrease productivity.
In conclusion, good lighting is not only important when it comes to cutting costs, but it is also essential if you want to increase productivity, improve working environment and employee comfort.